- Series: Madion War Trilogy (Book 3)
- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing, LLC (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945438061
- ISBN-13: 978-1945438066
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,146,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Union (Madion War Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 14, 2017
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The split first person point of view is handled well, and makes for some great cliffhangers. Even when the characters are in separate plots, in separate locations, their stories feel unified by a single theme. Through expert use of parallel crises, dangers, and coordinated schemes involving spycraft and politics, the separate stories knit together into an intensely satisfying arc.
Sprinkle in some salacious encounters between Galian and Theo, and you have a fantastic conclusion to the Madion War Trilogy.
It is a little hard to discuss a third book in a series without giving any sort of spoiler for the books that proceed it, so consider yourselves warned.
In The Union, we are still dealing with the world as we knew it from the last two books. Two major countries are at war and our love birds are from opposing sides. In this book they are currently working together to try to bring down the King of one country and to reunite the warring factions.
And just like before...it isn't working out very well.
And the love birds are finding themselves stuck in the middle of it. Either they can't find any time to be with each other or someone is trying to exploit their relationship.
But before I get to the relationship and my feelings towards that with this book, I should probably discuss Theo. See, Theo had been my favorite character for the majority of the series. I thought she was strong willed and knew how to get what she wanted. Then the Theo in The Union happened. And she is not the Theo we knew. She is weak. She is whiny. And she is kind of annoying.
I understand that some of this is because she has some what lost who she is due to things that have happened in the story line, but some of it was because of a boy. Her insecurity in her relationship was really just...ugh. We had a strong willed female crumbling at the idea that her relationship is doomed from them never getting to see one another. It wasn't always because of that, but when it was...I really didn't feel like it felt like the Theo I had known.
Then our Princeling. He did show some growth, and in a more positive way. He wasn't as arrogant (he was still a little arrogant) as he had originally been and he had started to grow a pair of balls. So that was nice.
Too bad Princeling and Theo together in The Union more or less just annoyed me (mostly Theo). But really, there were points when they were together where I just had enough of them wanting each other. There is more in this thought, but I can't really get into it without giving some major spoilers away.
Other things happened in the story. One of the characters really made me think of another character from the Hunger Games and that connection I made, made it very difficult for me to imagine the character as who she should be and not who she isn't. I wonder if I am the only one who kind of saw this? Can you guess who I am talking about and who I thought they were?
All in all though, I enjoyed the series. I mean, I devoured the first two books, and really liked them. There was just something about this final book. It just didn't reach that same level as the other books did (especially the The Island).
This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the author. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.
What I Loved
I think that this was a wonderful ending to a series I quickly fell in love with. It's been so consistent which is fantastic because it has never been disappointing to me. The plot continues to be mostly fast paced and the characters grow steadily throughout the whole series. It was those characters that really made me stick with this series until the end.
It's hard reviewing the end of a series because I don't want to give anything away. While I love Theo and think she's a fantastic character, there will always be a spot in my heart for Galian. Where Theo is strong and independent, Galian is softer and more of a team player. I think that's why they make such a perfect couple. I was especially glad that we got to see more of some side characters in this book. Galian's mother the queen is a new favourite of mine and his brother Rhys was an old favourite that continued to grow.
I think my favourite part about this whole plot was that nobody was straight up good or bad. Sure there were some characters that I would consider horrible people but I think that they honestly felt that they were doing things the right way and that's what makes a great villain.
What I Didn't Love
Probably the only reason this didn't get a full five start from me (and it was so close!) was that there was no surprising element for me. I'm one of those people who easily gets bored and when a book becomes a little predictable and slow then my mind starts to wander. That's probably just me though because I think tons of people wouldn't feel this way about this book specifically. I was glad for that moment near the end of the book where I almost threw the book across the room so I couldn't find out what happened next. If you've read it you know exactly where I mean.
Who I'd Recommend To
I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a good, reliable fantasy book with some fun steamy moments. It's more of an adult book than young adult but I think it mixes the two genres well. The story also kind of reminds me of our history and how we used to use people of colour as slaves. This story is about those slaves fighting back which gives me a little hope in our world.
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